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Merry Christmas

Here’s a ltttle Christmas video to you from me in Lake Worth, Florida:


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Space Shuttle Flight Director Bryan Lunney Retires

Space Shuttle Flight Director Bryan Lunney served his last shift at Mission Control on March 7, 2011, concluding a 22-year career at NASA. Bryan directed almost 50 space shuttle missions and logged over 300 shifts directing the International Space Station (ISS). Lunney is leaving NASA and joining Odyssey Space Research, an engineering analysis firm, and Firestar Technologies, specializing in propulsion and power systems.

A second generation NASA Flight Director, Bryan followed in the footsteps of his father, Dr. Glynn Lunney, who was Flight Director for Apollo Program moon missions.

During a press conference Monday to discuss the final flight of space shuttle Discovery, Flight Director Bryan Lunney spoke about about the legacy of his Onyx Flight team at NASA:

Onyx Flight is my flight director team color, for those who don’t know, named somewhat after my father’s team, who was Black Flight,” said Lunney. “So I wanted to stick with the family tradition to some extent there.”…”What is my legacy? Hopefully a good one. I came into this program to hopefully make this a better place, this world a better place for my kids. I think what we do here at NASA does that and I hope I contributed my piece to that.”…”I got a lot of help when I was growing up over the last 10 years, my first 10 years here. I hope I paid that back and helped evolve some of the younger folks who came through…”…”I wanted to hand down that torch, so to speak. And I tell you, looking around either control room today, there’s not as much gray hair as perhaps on my head, but there’s some extremely competent individuals who have come in.”…”Maybe, I like to think,” Lunney said, “a little piece of my legacy in station was to help those flight controllers who do such a fabulous job today. Maybe I was a little bit helpful getting them along on their way.”

Earlier Monday, before his Orbit 1 shift ended, Lunney was celebrated by his fellow flight controllers and by the crew of Discovery from orbit. “I’ve known Bryan for years and years, working with him for years and years, through the Astronaut Office, through various roles, and of course, as our lead on this flight,” radioed Discovery Commander Steve Lindsey to Mission Control. “Bryan has just been a great friend and a terrific flight director and a leader.”… “He pulled this mission together and made it all happen. Kept us all focused and working on the plan and working to the plan and when the plans changed and we went through multiple flight plans, he kept the team focused and just showed true leadership throughout.”…”We’re going to really miss him. I know you guys are, too. And Bryan, it was just an absolute pleasure to work with you and we wish you the best of luck in your new career,” said Lindsey. “It’s been a hoot,” responded Lunney. “You guys obviously have been really great to work with.”…”I really enjoyed working with you on this flight and over the years, all of you and your crew. Couldn’t have had a better choice for my last flight. Thanks very much,” said Lunney.

“Today we retire the call sign Onyx Flight,” chief flight director John McCullough said. “Twenty-two years in the agency with nearly 50 flights on the shuttle side and over 300 shifts on the station side, kind of appropriate he’s working the Orbit 1 shift at night again closing it out.”…”We just want to say thank you very much for all that you’ve done and best wishes on everything you hope to accomplish in the future,” said McCullough.

“It has always been a pleasure to come to work to be with people like you guys, even when it was that midnight shift,” Lunney said, addressing the crowd of flight controllers who had gathered in the shuttle flight control room. “I am honored and privileged to be able to do this the last 22 years.”…”I look forward to the next phase in my career. It is going to be something completely different but it will be fun, too. But I don’t think it will be anything like what I’ve gotten the opportunity to do here.”…”It has been an amazing opportunity and I’m just thrilled to have that opportunity. I owe it to each and every one of you all for that. You are guys are awesome, this agency is awesome and MOD [the Mission Operations Directorate] is awesome. So I very much appreciate it and I look forward to working with you guys in the future,” Lunney said.

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Allen Ross of Dexter, Maine Honored

Allen Ross, the husband of our cousin Amelda “Amy” (Gregory) Ross has been honored by the Maine Courts for his service as a mediator and advocate.

Allen Ross (seated in center)

The October 19, 2011 announcement issued by Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court:

“Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court today announced the recipients of the Judicial Branch Special Service Award, and the Advocate For Justice Award. The Special Service Award is given to that person or persons who consistently contributes above and beyond expected job responsibilities to further the Judicial Branch mission, and the Advocate For Justice Award is awarded to that person, judge, employee, legislator, public official, lawyer or citizen who has most effectively championed the cause of justice in our society.

The Special Service Award was awarded to Allen Ross of Dexter, Maine. Mr. Ross became a mediator for the Judicial Branch in 1998, after retiring from teaching in the Dexter School System for 33 years. In his mediation duties, Mr. Ross helped initiate mediation for grandparents caught up in child custody issues. He also served for many years as a volunteer and on the Board of Womancare, an organization that helps victims of domestic abuse. Chief Justice Leigh Saufley said, “Al’s everyday acts of kindness around the courthouse are legendary. In a place where so much of the work revolves around disputes, Al was always kind, thoughtful and caring with all who entered the courthouse. It is such a privilege for us to recognize Al Ross for the wonderful work he has done in Maine Courts for over a decade.

During a ceremony at the Newport District Court, State Representative Ken Fredette also presented Mr. Ross with a legislative sentiment in honor of the occasion. Judges, clerks, members of the bar, family and friends, were in attendance and offered congratulations and best wishes to Mr. Ross.”

In addition, the Bangor Daily News published a very nice article about Al, his service and the Special Service Award:

Court system honors Dexter man for work as mediator for grandparents

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

Posted Oct. 20,
2011, at 4:03 p.m.

NEWPORT, Maine — Grandparents in court battles over custody issues in rural Penobscot and Piscataquis counties didn’t have to face the system alone. For more than two decades, Allen Ross stood beside them to help them navigate the system.

Ross, 76, of Dexter was honored Monday at a small ceremony in Newport District Court with the Judicial Branch Special Award for his 23 years of service as a family mediator.

The Special Service Award is given to a person who consistently contributes above and beyond expected job responsibilities to further the mission of the court system, according to a press release issued Wednesday by Leigh I. Saufley, chief justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

“Al’s everyday acts of kindness around the courthouse are legendary,” Saufley said in the press release. “In a place where so much of the work revolves around disputes, Al was always kind, thoughtful and caring with all who entered the courthouse. It is such a privilege for us to recognize Al Ross for the wonderful work he has done in Maine courts.”

Ross became a court mediator in 1998 after retiring from a 33-year career teaching history in the Dexter School District, his wife, Amy Ross, 75, of Dexter said Thursday in a telephone interview.

Allen Ross had to give up his work in the court system earlier this year due to health problems that impaired his ability to speak, his wife said.

“He loved being a mediator,” she said. “It was his pride and joy. He loved the contact with people and the satisfaction of speaking his mind completely.”

His work began in Dover-Foxcroft District Court, but he also traveled to Lincoln District Court during the first decade of his career. More recently, he worked at Newport District Court.

“Sometimes he had just one case a week, other times, he did four a week,” Amy Ross said. “I have no idea how many cases he worked on over the years.”

In addition to his work with the court system, he also served for many years as a volunteer and on the Board of Womancare, an organization based in Dover-Foxcroft that helps victims of domestic abuse.”
printed on October 21, 2011 .

Al has been courageously battling cancer this past year, and we all wish him well.

“Old blue hair” would be very proud of you Al.

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Five for the 4th of July

Any American family would be proud to have an ancestor who fought for the cause of American independence during the long American Revolutionary War (1775–1783).

The Lunney Family of Maine are descendants of five brave men who fought to win our nation’s independence:

ELIAS TAYLOR (1726-1777) of Winthrop, Maine volunteered for service at age 49, along with his 22-year-old son John Taylor, served in Colonel Joseph North’s regiment engaged for the town of Winthrop and in Captain John Mills’ company of Colonel Jeduthan Baldwin’s regiment, and died along with his son at Ft. Ticonderoga in 1777.  Another son, Elias Taylor Jr., also served in the Continental Army. In gratitude for her family’s great sacrifice to its country during the war, the Town of Winthrop, Maine supplied the widow Mary Taylor and her five minor children with provisions in the amount of one half of her fallen husband’s wages.

JOHN PATTEE (1738-1826) of Goffstown, New Hampshire served as a Sergeant in Captain John Parker’s company, Colonel Timothy Bedell’s regiment, went on to represent the Town of Goffstown in the New Hampshire Legislature in 1795 and 1797, served as a Selectman in 1819-1821 and 1823, and lived to age 88.

DANIEL MOSHER (1746-1840) of Dartmouth, Massachusetts served as a sailor during the Revolutionary War, was taken prisoner by the British and then held onboard the infamous HMS Jersey prison ship in New York Harbor for 18 months and survived, and lived to age 93.

EPHRAIM LOW, Jr. (1748-1834) of Wells and Sanford, Maine supposedly took part in the Battle of Bunker Hill, where he had the end of his nose shot off, witnessed Generals Washington and Howe conclude the terms for the evacuation of Boston, was present when the British fleet sailed out of Boston Harbor, and lived to age 86.

JOSEPH STEVENS (1762-1792) of Berwick and Lebanon, Maine enlisted in the New Hampshire Militia in October, 1781 in Capt. Joshua Woodman’s company of Col. Reynold’s regiment, then re-enlisted from Lebanon, Maine on March 29, 1783 to serve 22 months in Capt. Bowman’s company of the 5th Massachusetts regiment. In 1792, he was shot and killed while again in the service of the American military.

You can read their complete biographies HERE.

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Lunneys in the News – June 2011

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Lunneys in the News – May 2011

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William Lunney (1821-1901)

William Lunney, the Irish ancestor of the Lunney family of Maine, and the Lunnie family of New Brunswick, Canada, was a man of mystery. He was born in Ireland, probably in 1821, but all civil records of him in Ireland were likely burned at Dublin in 1922. Public records in New Brunswick list the assumed year of his birth variously as 1821, 1823 and 1825. His surname appears in New Brunswick records variously as Lunney, Lunny and Lunnie.

William Lunney married Matilda Kennedy in a Wesleyan Methodist ceremony in May 1847 at Waterborough, New Brunswick. In 1853, William Lunney received a land grant of 60 acres at Waterborough. The 1865-6 Hutchinson Directory listed both Thomas Lunny and William Lunny as farmers at Cumberland Bay, Waterborough. William’s brother, Thomas Lunny,  had previously received a land grant for 100 acres at Petersville, New Brunswick in 1844. In 1866, William Lunney received a second land grant of 100 acres at Cumberland Bay, Waterborough. In 1871, the Census for Waterborough Parish, Queens County, New Brunswick listed him as William Lunny, as a married Methodist farmer, living alone with a single female servant named Charlotte Dross. The adjoining household was that of Thomas Lunny and his large family. In 1881, the Census for Aberdeen Parish, Carleton County, New Brunswick listed him as William Lunnie, a Methodist farmer, living at Glassville with wife Charlotte Lunnie and four young sons. New Brunswick cemetery records list William Lunnie as having been born in 1821, died in 1900 and buried at Glassville United Church cemetery.

I recently found the original death certificate for William Lunney:

William Lunney apparently died at “East Glassville” on “January 1, 1901” at age “78” from “asthma”, from which he had been suffering for “between eight and nine years”.  The death certificate implies yet another birthdate of 1822. William’s son, Thomas Lunney, stated on his marriage license in November 1900 at Easton, Maine that his father William Lunney was then a resident of Easton, Maine, and that his mother Charlotte Dross was a resident of Glassville, N.B..

There is no question that William Lunney, William Lunny and William Lunnie were the same person. That William Lunnie was buried in Glassville United Church cemetery in 1900 and then died in 1901 is the biggest mystery of all.

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An old Lunney family rumor confirmed?


A long-held “rumor” in the Lunney Family of Maine is that Mehitable (Pattee) Taylor, the grandmother of Susan (Taylor) Lunney, was a Native American Indian.

This “rumor” started because, in some old family photographs, Mehitable Pattee definitely appears to be an Indian; however, in such old black & white photographs, well-tanned or sunburned farm folk can often appear to be Indians.

As I researched the Pattee family genealogy, I at first concluded that the “Indian” rumor was false. The Pattee’s were a very old New England family of English and French Huguenot origins.

It was not until I had researched seven generations of the extended Pattee family tree in New England that I found the Native American ancestor:

  1. Mehitable Pattee married Isaiah Taylor and had eleven children.
  2. Joseph Pattee married “Polly” Lowe and had a daughter, Mehitable Pattee.
  3. Mary Hadley married John Pattee and had a son, Joseph Pattee.
  4. Hannah Flanders married Joseph Hadley and had a daughter, Mary Hadley.
  5. Joseph Flanders married Esther Cash and had a daughter, Hannah Flanders.
  6. Stephen Flanders, Jr. married Abigail Carter and had a son, Joseph Flanders.
  7. Jane “Sandusky”, “Indian princess”, married Stephen Flanders and had a son, Steven Flanders, Jr.


JANE “SANDUSKY”, “Indian princess”, was supposedly born around 1622 at “Gorgeana”, now known as York, Maine.  Her name was recorded as “Sandusky”, but she probably did not have a surname, since she was supposedly a Christianized Indian of the “Sandusky” tribe. 

As late as the end of the 1500’s, the Sandusky tribe lived on the banks of the Sandusky River, south of Lake Erie.  The original Sandusky tribe split apart before 1600, with some parts going west and others northeast into upstate New York.  Some early missionaries from the Jamestown Colony reached that area of New York, and then took some of the Sandusky descendants into upper New England to become Christianized, which explains how Jane could have been born at “Gorgeana” (York, Maine).

Jane “Sandusky” married Stephen Flanders prior to 1646 at “Gorgeana”. Stephen Flanders, his wife Jane and two children moved to Salisbury, Massachusetts in 1649-50. Stephen and Jane “Sandusky” Flanders had seven children:

  1. Steven Flanders, Jr., born in 1646.
  2. Mary Flanders, born about 1648 and died about 1650.
  3. Mary Flanders, born in 1650 and died in 1719.
  4. Phillip Flanders, born on 14 July 14, 1652 at Salisbury, Massachusetts, married Martha Eaton Collins and died August 27, 1712 at Salisbury, Massachusetts.
  5. Sarah Flanders, born on November 5, 1654 at Salisbury, Massachusetts, married John Newhall and died on January 18, 1717.
  6. Naomi Flanders, born on December 15, 1656 at Salisbury, Massachusetts, married Benjamin Eastman and died July 24, 1718 at Salisbury, Massachusetts.
  7. John Flanders, born on February 11, 1658 at Salisbury, Massachusetts, married Elizabeth Sargent and died on December 24, 1716 at Salisbury, Massachusetts.

Jane “Sandusky” Flanders died on November 19, 1683 at about age 61 at Salisbury, Massachusetts.


Some genealogists dispute that Jane “Sandusky” Flanders was an “Indian princess”, or any kind of an Indian, because colonial records indicate that she had an excellent command of the English language.  On the other hand, she was supposedly raised in an English colony as a Christian, and she was recorded as being an exceptionally fierce and sometimes violent woman, characteristics not usually associated with Puritan female colonists:

She was referred to by colonist William Osgood as “a foresworn wretch.”

A complaint to Salisbury court brought by Jane Flanders against Samuel Gachall and his wife for calling her vile names:  “She and her daughter went into Gachell’s field to see where their cattle had broken in and Goodwife Gachell met them and asked if they had come to steal their corn. ‘I said no, I haue no need of yor corn’; then shee said  ‘Geet of my ground thou pennycoinquick –  I am sheure you are com to stell my corn’ …Shee had a pumkeng in har hand.  She held it up & said shee woold staue my hed wth it. ‘Then I said if my Cattell haue stooid your corne your piggs haue stooyd mine wheat.’  Then shee said ‘Com doun St. Donstone to heare how the Deuill lies’… & Likewise good man Gacheall doe often prouocke mee by calling my children Deuills ,etc .” [The epithet “pennycoinquick” that Goodwife Gachall hurled at Jane Flanders, when Jane and her daughter allegedly entered the neighbor’s cornfield in search of the Flanders’ cows, is a mystery. It sounds like it could be an Indian word, but could also be some obscure English insult. There was a prison at “Pennycomequick” near Plymouth, England. “Pennycomequick” comes from the old Celtic name “Pen y cwm coet, meaning “the head of a wooded valley”, or “Pen y cwm gwyk, referring to a nearby creek.]

On October 16, 1649, Jane was brought before the local Court for “abusing her husband and neighbors”.

Excerpt from The Flanders Family: From Europe To America (2nd ed. volume I) by Stephen M. Flanders (2000): “Jane Sandusky, was purported to be of Indian descent. This is a tradition in the family; however, there has never been a tribe of Sandusky Indians in the region of New England she was found in. However, there has not been enough evidence found to refute it either.”…“A ready tongue, together with no hesitancy to use it, were attributes that could not pass unrecorded in a community of Puritans, who tolerated nothing. That Jane possessed these attributes cannot be doubted, after reading the old court records. The offenses for which she was charged were commonplace and an everyday occurrence in New England during this period. The lives of constant struggle against hardships of deprivations and the constant harshness of the Puritan code, coupled with the cultural and language differences Jane experienced, would account for much of the discord with her neighbors.”

There is a GEDCOM listing for a “Jane ‘Sandusky’, Indian”, who married Stephen Flanders, which is well-documented. It says that she was Iroquois of Sandusky descent. It quotes as sources: Eunice Allen, genealogist, Mary Parrish, Genealogy Files of Mary Parish, Columbus, Wisconsin and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Ancestral File.

According to Henry Howe, an early Ohio historian, the origin and meaning of the name “Sandusky” was also a matter of some dispute. However, William Walker, principal chief of the Sandusky Wyandot tribe living at Upper Sandusky, Ohio in 1835-36, claimed that it meant, “at the cold water,” and should be pronounced “San-doos-tee.”

A lone Sandusky artifact (below) is on display at the National Museum of the American Indian at Washington, DC:


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The Civil War – 150th Anniversary

For the Boyd and Dawn Lunney family of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, the Civil War is an interesting coincidence of unusual family histories. Boyd Lunney’s maternal grandfather, David Taylor (of Smithfield, Maine), was a Quaker, but served in a Maine regiment during the Civil War. Dawn Lunney’s paternal great grandfather, Frederick Howard (of Kingsclear, New Brunswick), was a Canadian British subject, but also served in a Maine regiment during the Civil War, even though forbidden to do so by an act of Parliament. According to Boyd Lunney’s late sister (Alice Lunney Gregory of Westfield, Maine), Boyd’s father (Thomas Andrew Lunney of Easton, Maine) “knew old Frederick Howard and even stayed at his hotel in Grand Falls, New Brunswick.”

DAVID TAYLOR, a son of Isaiah Taylor and Mehitable (Pattee) Taylor and the father of Susan Martha (Taylor) Lunney, was born on July 2, 1833 at New Sharon, Maine. He was a descendant of four of the Mayflower Pilgrims, and of New England’s earliest Quakers. The 1850 US Census showed 17-year-old David Taylor living on the Taylor family farm at Smithfield, Maine, along with his father and mother, eight brothers and sisters and his maternal grandparents, Joseph and Mary Pattee. He married the first time to Susan W. Wakefield on May 11, 1861. David and Susan (Wakefield) Taylor had a son named Charles in 1862.

David Taylor was also a descendant of veterans of the Aroostook War, the War of 1812, the American Revolution, the French and Indian War, King Philip’s War, and even the battle of Black Point at Scarborough, Maine in 1677; so it came as no surprise to his Quaker family when, in October 1862, 31-year-old David Taylor volunteered for military service during the Civil War. Leaving his young wife Susan and infant son Charles in the care of his parents, David enlisted as a private into Company D of the 28th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment of the Union Army.

28th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment:

Organized at Augusta and mustered in for nine months service on October 18, 1862, the 28th Maine Infantry left for Washington, D. C. on October 26. It stopped at New York, and saw duty at Fort Schuyler until November 26 and at East New York until January 17, 1863. The 28th Maine then moved on to Fortress Monroe, Virginia on January 17-22, and then to New Orleans on January 22-29. The 28th Maine was posted to Chalmette, Louisiana until February 15, 1863, then moved to Pensacola, Florida on February 15, and returned to New Orleans on March 22. It then moved to Donaldsonville and had duty there and at Plaquemine until May 27, 1863.  The 28th Maine Infantry was then attached to the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 19th Army Corps of the Department of the Gulf to May, 1863. Six companies were then ordered to Port Hudson, Louisiana on May 27. The 28th Maine Infantry was assigned to Major General Nathaniel Banks’ force in its prolonged assault on Port Hudson, Louisiana.

Confederate General John C. Breckinridge and 4,000 troops occupied the fortification and batteries at Port Hudson, situated between Baton Rouge and Bayou Sara. Soldiers of the 4th Louisiana Infantry also arrived at the site on August 15, 1862. According to historian John D. Winters, “Port Hudson, unlike Baton Rouge, was one of the strongest points on the river, and batteries placed upon the bluffs could command the entire river front.”

Union General Banks and his troops assaulted and then surrounded Port Hudson from May 22 to July 9, 1863. On May 27, 1863, after their initial frontal assaults were repulsed, the Union forces settled into a siege that lasted for 48 days. Banks renewed his assault on June 14 but the Confederate defenders successfully repelled them. During a Confederate counterattack on June 28, 1863, the Union companies fought-off an overwhelming force, “killing and wounding twice as many men as they themselves numbered, including a general and several field officers – captured nearly as many prisoners as the number in the garrison and twice as many officers as there were in the fort,” according to the Adjutant General of Maine.

On July 9, 1863, after hearing of the fall of Vicksburg, the Confederate garrison of Port Hudson finally surrendered, ending 48 days of continuous fighting and placing the entire Mississippi River under Union control. Both sides had suffered heavy casualties: about 5,000 Union men were killed or wounded, and an additional 5,000 fell to disease or sunstroke; Confederate forces suffered around 750 casualties, several hundred of whom died of disease. Six thousand five hundred Confederates surrendered and were sent North into custody.

The 28th Maine was then attached to the 3rd Brigade. 2nd Division, 19th Corps of the Department of the Gulf to July, 1863. On July 4, the Regiment was ordered to Donaldsonville, and saw duty there until July 12. They moved to Baton Rouge on July 12, then to Cairo, Illinois on August 6. The 28th mustered out on August 31, 1863. A total of 1185 men served in the 28th Maine. The regiment lost one officer and ten enlisted men, killed and mortally wounded, and three officers and 140 enlisted men to disease, a total of 154.

After his Civil War service, David Taylor returned to his wife Susan and young son Charles at the Taylor family farm at Smithfield, Maine.  David and Susan Taylor then had two more children: Alma and Ervin.  The 1870 US Census for Smithfield, Maine shows David Taylor (age 35) and wife Susan (age 32) living on the farm with three children, Charles (age 8), Alma (age 5) and Ervin (age 2), along with David’s parents, Isaiah (age 70) and Mehitable (age 62).  David and Susan had another child, Mary, around 1873. At some point after 1873, Susan (Wakefield) Taylor became gravely ill.  Her close friend and neighbor, Martha A. Stevens, came to live with the Taylor’s, to care for Susan and her four young children.  After Susan (Wakefield) Taylor died, Martha A. Stevens and David Taylor married on November 18, 1876.  David and Martha (Stevens) Taylor had a daughter, Ethel, in 1877.  The 1880 US Census for Smithfield, Somerset County, Maine shows David (age 47), wife Martha (age 26) and children Charles (age 17), Alma (age 14), Ervin (age 11), Mary (age 7) and Ethel (age 2) living on the Taylor farm.  The 1880 US Census also shows that David Taylor was working at the farm of John Hoyt at newly settled Easton in Aroostook County, Maine. David and Martha had two more children, Preston in 1882 and Evelyn in 1883. At some point before July 1884, David Taylor and his family moved to a farm at Easton, Maine.  David and Martha had one last child, Susan Martha on July 21, 1884 at Easton, Maine.

David Taylor died on January 30, 1887 at age 53 at Easton, Maine.

FREDERICK HOWARD was born on November 5, 1840.  He was the fourth child of John and Jane Howard of Kingsclear Parish, York County, New Brunswick, Canada.  According to the 1851 Census of New Brunswick: John Howard, age 48, was a farmer; Jane was 38; both were born in New Brunswick and were Wesleyan Methodists; and  their seven children at that time were Alexander (age 20), Louisa Jane (age 17), Caroline J. (age 13), Frederick A. (age 11), John A. (age 5), Sarah (age 3) and Frances M. (age 1). Fredrick’s father, John Howard, was the son of John “Allan” Howard, the son of a Loyalist soldier during the American Revolution. After the American Revolution, his widow and son were stripped of their property by New York authorities and then fled to Canada and were settled on a 280-acre land grant at Kingsclear Parish, New Brunswick, dated December 31, 1799.

In 1861, Frederick A. Howard, a Canadian British subject, defied the order of Parliament that its citizens not become involved in the American Civil War, and enlisted as a private in Company F of the 10th Maine Infantry Regiment of the Union Army, which mustered at Portland, Maine on October 4, 1861.

Pvt. Frederick A. Howard circa October 1861

10th Maine Infantry Regiment:

Organized at Portland and mustered in October 4, 1861. Left State for Baltimore, Md., October 6. Attached to Dix’s Division to November, 1861. Railroad Brigade, Army Potomac, to April, 1862. 1st Brigade, Williams’ Division, Dept. of the Shenandoah, to June, 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of Virginia, to September, 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 12th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to April, 1863. Headquarters 12th Army Corps, Armies of the Potomac and Cumberland, to November, 1863.

SERVICE.–Duty at Baltimore, Md., until November 4, 1861. At Relay House until November 27, and at Baltimore until February 27, 1862. Guard duty by detachments along Baltimore & Ohio Railroad between Martinsburg and Charleston, W. Va., until May. Company “D” at Harper’s Ferry until May 24, then moved to Winchester. Company “F” at Harper’s Ferry until May 9, then moved to Winchester. Company “H” at Duffield’s until May 24, then moved to Winchester. Company “K” at Kearneysville until May 24, then moved to Winchester. Company “C” at Van Obeiseville until May 9, then moved to Winchester. Company “A” at Opequan Bridge until May 24, then moved to Winchester. Company “B” at Martinsburg until May 24, then moved to Winchester. Company “E” at Halitown until May 9, then moved to Winchester. Companies “G” and “I” at Charleston until May 9, then moved to Winchester. All Companies at their stations from March 28. Operations in Shenandoah Valley May 15-June 17. Middletown May 24. Winchester May 25. Retreat to Williamsport May 25-27. Reconnaissance toward Martinsburg May 28. Reconnaissance to Luray C. H. June 29-30. Battle of Cedar Mountain August 9. Pope’s Campaign in Northern Virginia August 16-September 2. Guarding trains during Bull Run Battles. Battle of Antietam, Md., September 16-17. Duty at Berlin, Md., October 3-December 10. March to Fairfax Station December 10-14, and duty there until January 19, 1863. March to Stafford C. H. January 19-23, and duty there until April 27. Ordered to rear for muster out April 27. Three-year men formed into a Battalion of three Companies and assigned to duty at Headquarters 12th Army Corps April 26. Old members mustered out May 8, 1863. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 13-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3. Along the Rapidan August 1-September 24. Moved to Nashville, Tenn., September 24-October 2; to Murfreesboro, Tenn., October 5, thence to Shelbyville and Wartrace. Reopening Tennessee River October 26-29. Provost duty at Headquarters 12th Corps until November. Transferred to 29th Maine Infantry November 1, 1863.

Regiment lost during service 8 Officers and 74 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 53 Enlisted men by disease. Total 136.

Throughout his Civil War service, Frederick Howard carried the following photograph of his widowed mother Jane Howard:

Following his Civil War service, Frederick returned to New Brunswick, married Ruth Langdon, and by 1868 had settled in the town of Grand Falls, New Brunswick. According to the 1881 Canadian Census, Frederick (then age 40 and a Methodist) and Ruth (then age 38 and an Episcopalian) had five children: George (age 13), James (age 11), Alice (age 8), Marie (age 7), and Lillie (age 4), all being raised as Episcopalians.

Frederick A. Howard circa 1881

Frederick Howard went on to become a successful hotelier in Grand Falls.  By 1900, Frederick (age 60) was a widower and a grandfather, but two of his daughters, Marie and Lillie (then ages 26 and 24), were still living at home with Frederick in Grand Falls.

Frederick A. Howard died in 1906 at age 65 at Grand Falls, New Brunswick.

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Lunneys in the News – March 2011

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